In order to answer Red Room’s blog question of the week, “What Would Shakespeare Blog” I would need to know what a blog is. Although I have experienced the “blogosphere” for some time, its essence must have been absorbed into my consciousness without a literal understanding. Yet blogs now function as appendage-like features of my daily routine.
On Thursday my publisher’s blog launched WIP: Saltian, an interactive editorial project predating my next poetry book. The idea is to have an editorial board of many persons, each critiquing one poem per day for 51 days. My poem and the editor’s critique are posted on the blog and the general public is then invited to add their comments, critiques, or what-not’s.
After the first poem and critique was posted I received calls from close friends wanting to know what I meant by the poem, and what I felt about the critique so that they could add something relevant as a comment. I was taken by surprise at this because I am aware that when strangers read my poem they do not have the opportunity to call me up and ask these questions. They also cannot ask if their anger about a critique is justified. When their raw emotions well up, as if they were sitting in the audience of a performance, their reactions are immediate and explosive. There is no time to think and consider, revisit and revise their original impressions. They simply cheer or jeer.
From this I learned that a blog is a conversation between strangers, and it is entertainment. Blogs have drama , opinion, emotional outbursts in the form of written words. They are places where we feel empowered to express our deepest personal feelings to the world on a variety of subjects and still remain a stranger in a crowd. One of the main differences between a live performance and a blog performance, besides the time factor and the in-person factor, is that a blogger is both actor and audience. “All the world’s a stage. / And all the men and women merely players.” Blogging is not a passive receiving of information. It is interactive, it is dialogue, it is entertaining.
With all that being said, I would venture a guess that whatever Shakespeare decided to blog, he would indeed be the greatest blogger in history.
I would be honored to have Red Room writers add some impressions to my project and join such Red Room stars as Harrison Solow whose critique will post on Friday, June 10 for the poem “Desire”. The book, Saltian, is loosely based on one of Shakespeare's monologues in his play "As You Like It". The link to WIP: Saltian is http://booksblog.unboundcontent.com
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